European Awards Recognize Green Friendly Firms
BRUSSELS, Belgium, December 6, 2000 (ENS) - A company's whose technology allows medical images to be obtained without the use of chemicals was among those recognized as the best and brightest at the European Awards for the Environment 2000.
European Environment Commissioner Margot Wallström presented the awards Tuesday to four innovative firms in the field of sustainable development.
"By taking steps to save resources both in manufacturing processes and in the use of products, these firms have shown that sustainable development and greater competitiveness go hand in hand," said Wallstrom.
"The use of instruments to conserve natural resources, including energy, water and raw materials, inevitably results in increases in competitiveness."
The winners were:
The moulded pulp packaging company developed the model called STEP - Systematic Tool for Environmental Progress. It continuously assesses environmental performance while maintaining dialogue with industry and environmental stakeholders, disseminating information to a network of 150 companies.
Known as the "Drystar system," it allows medical images to be obtained using a heat-sensitive film. The quality of the images is the same as traditional medical imaging but more environmentally friendly.
The Austrian textile manufacturer developed an innovative technology for producing 100 percent cellulose based wood fiber. According to judges, this represents a milestone for the European textile industry.
The technology combines high tech production with outstanding environmental standards. Through the process wood consumption is considerably reduced compared with cotton and the solvent used is 99.6 percent recyclable.
This award is for a successful alliance between a European Union organization and organizations based in a developing country.
On behalf of the UK, ENTEC developed a support project on environmental management and assessment with the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency.
The objective was to strengthen Egypt's capacity in environmental management and provide tangible evidence of the benefits of improved environmental practices. Many significant benefits were recorded, including a considerable reduction in waste discharged into the Nile.
Wallström said that the next edition, due to be held in 2002, will feature more awards to attract more types of European firms.